JIM & TEAL KNAPP
Jim & Teal purchased Hightest in 2018 with the intention of carrying on the tradition of quality training and breeding that Hightest has become renowned for. Prior to purchasing Hightest, Jim and Teal owned Wyman Creek Kennel, a dog training/boarding facility also located in Butte County. They successfully trained dogs for obedience, agility, search and rescue, and hunting.
Teal is a nationally recognized Senior Licensed Guide Dog Orientation and Mobility Instructor (GDOMI). She worked for Guide Dogs for the Blind from 1990-2013, training more than 3,000 dogs for blind and visually impaired handlers.
Jim is an agriculture teacher at Las Plumas High School in Oroville. He has been teaching agriculture at LP for over 25 years and operates the farming operation both at Hightest and on the family farm. Jim is an avid bird and big game hunter. He has trained his personal retrievers to hunt for more than thirty years.
Puppy Building Manager/Trainer
Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
BAILEY has had a big heart for animals since childhood. She currently hunts over her own Labrador during duck season and Hound dogs during raccoon season. She enjoys experiencing each dogs development, start to finish, and is dedicated to getting the optimum result with her dogs in training. Bailey became the Puppy Building Manger in 2018 and thrives on raising our puppies, ensuring they are of the best health and temperament before they are placed in loving homes. Bailey joined our training team in 2017 and has successfully placed 5 active Diabetic Alert Service dogs across the nation.
Kennel Manager / Green Dog Scent Detection
MELISSA is our beloved Kennel Manager. She has an amazing eye for detail and keeps our facilities in outstanding shape which is why she was promoted to oversee all daily happenings at Hightest since 2018. Every dog boarded and trained at our kennel is under the direct supervision of Melissa. Recently she has been participating in AKC Scent Trials with her Labrador Wylde, and establishing a new program at Hightest directed around scent detection. You can also find Melissa in our breeding facilities assisting with the care of our puppies and breeding stock.
Gun Dog Trainer
OWEN is an avid duck and upland hunter. He was raised with and hunted over German Shorthair Pointers growing up in the Suisun area. Owen enjoys introducing dogs to new hunting scenarios and nurturing their natural drive and workability. He has worked with multiple professional trainers since starting in our Gun Dog Program, adding countless techniques to his training methods. Owen and his Labrador Pride have competed in multiple AKC Hunt Tests. He also fosters one of our dams Kaos, competing in AKC Hunt Tests and Scent Trials with her.
Gun Dog Trainer
BAYLIE comes to Hightest with a horse training background. She is known locally for her ability to naturally connect with animals and enrich their bond. This started as a hobby with her Pitbull, Nova teaching her obedience in public settings and tricks that'd put a smile on everyone's face. She decided to turn that into a career at Hightest in 2019 as an Obedience and Gun Dog trainer, working closely with professional trainer Gary Breitbarth. She and her Labrador, Rooster are competing in AKC Hunt Tests this year. Baylie is currently training part-time while raising her first son - who has already taken an interest to the family dogs and horses.